These accomplished musicians rocked the old church a little harder than the usual folk artists I’ve seen there, and I enjoyed their energy. A memorable cover from early in their first set was Bob Dylan’s “Tonight I’ll be Staying Here With You,” a good choice for them since their original songs fit that same mid-tempo, Americana sort of sound. Their originals were entirely new to me. I enjoyed them but will not try to review them after only one listen. I did buy a cd, however. Maybe a review, or an interview with the band, will happen in the future.
Frank and I strolled over to High Street tonight for some live music at the North Church. This is a wonderful old venue right in our neighborhood, built about 150 years ago by the Unitarians. Owned now by the Farmington Historical Society, it’s a rustic, cozy place, romantic enough for a wedding (indeed, son Nate and daughter-in-law Justina were married here) and charming enough for an evening of live music.
We treated ourselves to a pieces of pumpkin and apple pie in the basement reception area, chatted with friends and neighbors, and then strolled upstairs to take a seat in one of the long wooden pews. Tonight’s offering was Cold Chocolate, a folk rock trio from Boston.
Venue is so important to a live music experience. I like the dark, noisy, crowded atmosphere of Tuck’s, our neighborhood bar, and I like the elegance and expanse of the State Theater in Portland, but there’s a place too for the casual, intimate ambiance of a restored 19th century church, where ticket prices are reasonable, pie is free, kids are welcome and those who aren’t much for the bar scene can feel comfortable.
Cold Chocolate warmed to the venue. We were a small but appreciative audience, and we warmed to them too.